The figures aren't in yet, but in line with the booming ornamental industry, IPM Essen is bursting at the seams. There's hardly an inch of the ample space that's not filled, and Messe Essen is building along to provide even more 'acreage' to the exhibitors. A shiny new entrance and two renovated halls have already been completed. And the veteran visitor knows they should leave home early, because the immediate surroundings make for one big gridlock.

But at the event itself, everything is top notch. Once an event for the tree nursery business, it's now been mostly taken over by breeders, cut flower growers and tech companies. Around 1600 companies from several dozen countries are doing their utmost to stand out. We'll publish a photo report here soon. For now, here's a small preview:

Betty Finkelstein and Daniel Kaufman of Danziger presenting the new Retail Solutions of Amore

Olivier Morel of Morel Diffusion. At their booth the Indiaka takes a center stage

Part of the team of Selecta one presenting the Dianthus Pink Kisses and its new display

Eric Ciraud of DHMI presenting the new Dipladenia Diamantina Tourmaline 'Rose Splash'

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